John Powelson, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Specialty: Transplant Surgery - Kidney and pancreas transplantation, laparoscopic surgery, dialysis vascular access surgery
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical Center/ University of Massachusetts Medical School
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School


IU Medical Group


IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Location Information

IU Health Transplant

550 N. University Blvd., Suite 4601

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment  Clinical Trials

Clinical Interests: Kidney and pancreas transplantation, living donor surgery, laparoscopic surgery, dialysis vascular access surgery, hernia repair

Clinical Research Interests: Pancreas and kidney/pancreas transplants





  1. Powelson JA, Cosimi AB, Wee SL. Monoclonal antibodies in organ transplantation. Biotechnology Advances 1993; 2, 725-40. PMID: 14538055
  2. Powelson JA, Cosimi AB. “Antithymocyte globulin and monoclonal antibodies” in: Morris PJ, ed. Kidney Transplantation: Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders 1994; 215-32.
  3. Powelson JA, Cosimi AB. “The clinical and experimental use in transplantation of monoclonal antibodies to CD4 and to adhesion molecules” in: Chatenoud L, ed. Monoclonal Antibodies in Transplantation. Austin: RG Landes 1995, 21-52.
  4. Powelson JA, Cosimi AB. “Liver transplantation”. In: Ginns, LC, Cosimi AB, Morris, PJ, ed. Transplantation. Blackwell Science, Inc, Malden: 1999, 324-73.
  5. Powelson, JA: “Liver, Kidney, and Pancreatic Transplantation”. In: Hurford, WE, ed. Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. 2000, 649-59.
  6. Fridell, JA, Agarwal, A, Powelson, JA, Pancreas transplantation at Indiana University: a brief overview of recent progress”. In Corry, RJ and Shapiro, R, ed. Pancreatic Transplantation.. Informa Healthcare USA, Inc, New York, 2007, 421-5
  7. Goggins W, Powelson J, Fridell J, Mishler D,Yaqub M, Chen J, Sharfuddin A, Taber T, Milgrom M, Indiana University Kidney Transplant Program:Overview and Summary of the Last 1022 Kidney Alone Transplants with at Least 1 Year Follow-up. In Terasaki,, P ed. Clinical Transplants 2009, Terasaki Foundation laboratory, Los Angeles, CA, 2010, 13-19
  8. Fridell, JA, Mangus, RS, Powelson JA, Mujtaba MA, Chen JM, Taber, TE. “Pancreas Transplantation in the New Millennium: the Indiana University Experience” In Cecka and Terasaki editors Clinical Transplants 2012


Clinical Communication


  1. Kidney Transplant Patient Handbook. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Renal Transplant Surgery Division. 1999. For patient education following renal transplantation. 41pages.
  2. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Dialysis Access Monitoring Protocol. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Renal Transplant Surgery Division. 2000. Describes monitoring techniques and triggers for intervention. For use in all Boston area dialysis units. 7 pages.
  3. Renal Transplantation. Clarian Transplant Institute, 2009. Educational video for renal transplant candidate. 35 minutes. Shown to all IU renal transplant candidates.
  4. Transplant Handbook. IU Health Transplant Institute, 2010. Handbook for residents rotating through the transplant service. 56 pages.
  5. Transplant Inpatient Handbook. IU Health Transplant Institute, 2011. Given to all transplant inpatients. 16 pages.
  6. Back to Work Brochure. 2011. IU Health Transplant Institute, Describes return to work options. Given to all transplant patients 6 months after transplant. 6 pages (a 2-sided three panel brochure)

Department of Surgery | 545 Barnhill Drive, Emerson Hall 203, Indianapolis, In 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-5771